Monday, February 13, 2017

Safe Families Training Opportunities!

Safe Families for Children Presents
Chicago Area Volunteer Training Days!

Prospective Safe Families are invited to attend a live, accelerated Comprehensive Training Session. 

Offered as an alternative to online training, this event is designed to equip you to welcome a child into your home (Host Family) or support a host or placing parent (Family Friend) and move you through the training process efficiently. The live Comprehensive Training Session includes everything you need to become a certified Safe Family Volunteer—all in one place. 
  • Start or submit your application
  • Get fingerprints taken for the background check
  • Complete your training hours
  • Meet like-minded families who will support you
February 18, Chicago, IL
February 25th, Evanston, IL
March 4th, Crystal Lake, IL
March 11th, So. Barrington, IL
March 18th, Naperville, IL
for any of the locations.
The training will be in two parts.  The first two hours will be for all volunteers. The second two hours will be for Host Families.  So, anyone interested in being a Family Friend only needs to stay for the first two hours.  Host Families need to stay for the whole training.

A light breakfast and lunch is included. 

Reserve your spot today! We look forward to seeing you to equip and encourage you in your journey.

If you have further questions please contact Sarah Mohr, 773-653-2222, or

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Foster Care Informational Meeting

Foster Care Information Meeting

Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent? Join us for an informational meeting where you can come to find answers to your questions!

Many foster parents have said that is was in prayer that they became inspired to open their home to a child in need. Children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, or abandonment need a safe place to heal, to learn, and to grow.  Is God calling you?

Monday, February 20th, 7:00-8:00pm
Willow Creek Community Church
Room B105 (enter by the chapel)
67 E. Algonquin Road, So. Barrington, IL

You will hear from Dr. Cheryl  Stenzel, Director of Allendale’s Foster Care Program, as well as Janice Greenwalt, a foster parent, and a C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocate).

For questions and to register, contact Dr. Cheryl Stenzel at or call 847-245-6377

*Please note: Child care is not available for this event.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2017 Conference – Parenting Through Adoption!


Chicago Area Families for Adoption  (CAFFA)


 Parenting Through Adoption 2017
Wheaton College* – Wheaton, IL
Saturday, March 4, 2017

CAFFA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our 23rd full day Parenting Through Adoption Conference! We have an exciting lineup of Speakers, Exhibitors, and Sponsors

 Registration is now live!  Register today at the  Conference Registration Page!

Our day will also feature numerous workshops for pre-adoptive, foster, waiting, and experienced parents, as well as for Adoption Professionals. As always, we will offer shopping from Fair Trade vendors and an Exhibitor Hall to make sure you leave with a headful of information and an armload of resources!

Great news! We have been approved for 6 hours of Illinois foster care license / training for prospective parents, and 6 CEU education hours for adoption professionals seeking Social Worker credits.

Finally, anyone involved with adoption is welcome to attend, regardless of CAFFA membership.

The deadline for all registrations is February 19, 2017. Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Fee includes breakfast, lunch buffet, access to all conference areas, and certificates of attendance for those requesting documentation for foster care license renewal hours. 

We hope to see you there!

For more information vist the CAFFA Conference web site.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Beautiful Movie with Adoption Theme!

I had the opportunity to see the movie "Lion" this past weekend, and highly recommend it!  What a beautiful film and beautifully told true story about family and the mother/son relationship.  If you are adoptive parent, you will especially relate to many of the moments in this movie.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Young Adult Adoptee Group

Young Adult Adoptee Group
This event is for older teens and adults (15 years old or older) who would like to discuss adoption-related topics in a safe and open environment. Parents can also attend a separate group simultaneously, led by a licensed therapist (no fee for parents, but please RSVP). Discussions will range in topics from:
    • peer relationships, 
    • launching out of their parents home, 
    • college/career, 
    • and other adoption related issues.
Facilitated by Pam Shepard, LCSW and an adult-adoptee.  
February 7, 2016
Tuesday, 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Holt-Sunny Ridge Children's Services
270 Remington Blvd 
Suite D 
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Holt-Sunny Ridge | 630-754-4500 |

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Find Your Niche in Serving Vulnerable Children!

Adoption, Foster Care & Safe Families Informational Open House

Interested in serving the adoption, foster care and Safe Families communities? 

Join us for an open house event where you can learn about the many opportunities 
available in our church and community.

Wednesday, February 8th, 7:30-8:45pm
Willow Creek Community Church
(In Guest Central, off the main lobby)
67 E. Algonquin Road, So. Barrington, IL

There will be representatives that you can talk to about adoption, foster care, Safe Families, Royal Family Kids Camp and C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates) ) Whether you want to welcome kids into your home or support kids and families in another way, come and find your niche! 

Childcare for infants through pre-K is available, and Awana is available for Kindergarten through Grade 5 at Midweek for Kids.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Get Ready for Parents' Night Out!

"They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor." - Isaiah 61:3b

Parents' Night Out

We'll take care of your kiddos while you take care of you!
**Please RSVP no later than January 17 at midnight**

Saturday, January 21st, from 5 - 8pm

Church of the Resurrection
935 W. Union Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187
Every parent struggles to find those peaceful moments to savor some hot coffee, read a good book, spend time in silence with God, or plan a date night with your spouse. So let us help you! We've planned a fun-filled night for your children while you enjoy a night out. Drop your children off after 5 pm and pick them up before 8 pm. All children are welcome.

**Please bring your children fed. We will NOT be providing dinner**

Things to do in the Wheaton/Glen Ellyn Area:
Coffee shops: River City Roasters, Starbucks, Blackberry Market

Restaurants: Gia Mia, Mai Thai, A Toda Madre, Front Street Cantina, Bricks Wood Fire Pizza, India Palace, Muldoon's, Fire and Wine, Ivy Restaurant, Suzette's Creperie, Tasting Devine

Movie theater: Glen Art Theater, AMC

Arts & Crafts: Out on a Whim (Paint your own Pottery)
Donations to cover childcare costs are welcomed, but not required
Any Questions? Contact Hollee at